Distinctly Catholic: The faux-War on Christmas is hooey best ignored. Until it results in an Electoral College victory, at which point you can no longer ignore it.
Young Voices: Most of the world understands Christmas to be over. But it is now that the true work of Christmas begins.
The U.S. is suffering a paroxysm of fear of the Islamic State group and by extension fear of Muslims, who happen to be the Islamic State group's most numerous victims.
Grace on the Margins: In an exhibit at the College of New Rochelle, the manger scene is a powerful reminder of God's presence within our most forsaken people and places.
Young Voices: The human experience is deeper than the binaries of English clichés make it seem. The "low road," for instance, is where we encounter each other's suffering.
Eco Catholic: For 2,000 years, the Star of Bethlehem story has prompted countless questions. Was the illusive celestial traveler seen by the Magi a myth? A miracle? A comet?
NCR Today: Christmas isn't just Norman Rockwell and pre-Raphaelite nativity scenes. The Incarnation is both pure grace and a work in progress.
NCR Today: We Cradle Catholics are often called out for our adeptness at guilt -- and there is no time of year more ripe for guilt-creating experiences than Christmas time.
Young Voices: I wish holiday gift-giving wasn't reduced to a last-minute scramble. The people on my list don't want more stuff that accumulates dust.
Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal urged moderate celebrations of Christmas this year because of the current political situation, but he also called for an end to the arms trade.